The Burguet has returned! This time for a setup, as well as the usual restringing and general TLC.
I agreed that the action, whilst not ridiculously high, could benefit from coming down a touch. I felt quite strongly that the original saddle be kept, and so decided to go with a Graph Tech TUSQ saddle. They’re excellent saddles, with fantastic tonal and low-friction qualities. Whilst the new saddle was as close to the required dimensions as Graph Tech provided, it still required rather a lot of reshaping for this particular installation. After carefully measuring and marking-up, I set about gradually bringing the action down until it was about as low as I felt comfortable going.
It’s a beautiful instrument, with a great deal of character, and I never tire of seeing it come through the door. Interestingly, the owner is coming round to my suggestion that the action is now pretty much ‘ideal’, as I know he liked the idea of it being a little lower, but it’s all a question of reference/comparison and playing style. In this instance there’s quite an enthusiastic right-hand technique to consider, plus his other classical guitar (a very interesting double-backed Steven Hill model) has an action which to my mind is set far too low, and it detracts from the instrument. It’s certainly ‘easy’ to play, but by bringing the action up just a little a considerable amount of untapped tone, mechanical cleanliness, and dynamic range could be recovered.